Caucus News

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez

Sen. Gonzalez's Legislation With Stronger Protections to Keep Workers Safe on the Job Passes Out of Senate Judiciary Committee

April 6, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Today, SB 606 by Senator Lena Gonzalez was approved by the California State Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 606 would give the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) the necessary tools to hold large employers accountable for workplace health and safety violations and strengthen worker protections to encourage workers to report unsafe working conditions and prevent employer retaliation.


Senator Connie M. Leyva

Leyva Bill Expanding Contraceptive Equity Passes Senate Labor Committee

April 5, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Building on the fundamental notion that Californians should have prompt access to birth control when they need it, the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee today approved Senate Bill 523 authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will expand and modernize birth control access in California—and ensure greater contraceptive equity statewide—regardless of an individual’s gender or insurance coverage status.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd: Virtual Town Hall on Wildfire Preparedness

April 5, 2021

SONOMA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will host a virtual town hall April 13 on wildfire preparedness and prevention featuring a panel of experts including the state’s top firefighter, Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter.

The town hall will be broadcast live on KSVY Sonoma Radio/TV and streamed across multiple channels. Panelists will join Sen. Dodd in answering submitted questions and calls from viewers.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

California Legislators Announce Essay and Visual Arts Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide

April 5, 2021

The California Armenian Legislative Caucus is holding two scholarship contests for the 2021 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th through 12th grade are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its anniversary. 

Senator Steven M. Glazer

Glazer Expands District Office To Help Residents During Pandemic

April 1, 2021

ORINDA – Senator Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa, announced today that he has added a district representative to his staff.

Alexia Lopez, a lifelong Contra Costa County resident, will work in Senator Glazer’s district offices in Antioch and Orinda. Lopez will graduate this spring from San Jose State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies.

Senator Melissa Hurtado

Senators Hurtado and Caballero meet with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

March 31, 2021

DELANO, CA – Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) and Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) met with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Dr. Biden visited Forty Acres in Delano to meet with farmworkers and recognize César Chávez Day. 

Senator Dave Cortese

Governor’s Office Agrees to Provide Funds for Vaccine Equity Efforts in the Bay Area

March 31, 2021

Negotiations with Bay Area Legislators and Governor’s Office Lead to Increased Funds for Vaccine Distribution to Integrate Hardest-Hit Communities in the Bay Area

Senator Susan Rubio

Tax Resources / Recursos de Taxes

March 30, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and California Franchise Tax Board extended their tax filing deadlines from April 15 to May 17! This gives you additional time to prepare your documents and learn more about tax programs you may qualify for.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Lauds Surge in Wildfire Safety Support as Season Looms

March 30, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today in response to an announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom that California would invest more than $80 million to hire 1,400 new firefighters, bolstering fuels management and response efforts before the coming wildfire season:

Senator Josh Becker

CA Senator Josh Becker Urges the State to Immediately Expand Vaccine Eligibility to All Residents in Hardest Hit Communities

March 29, 2021

For Immediate Release
East Palo Alto continues to lag behind in vaccine access
MENLO PARK – State Senator Josh Becker called on the state to immediately expand vaccine eligibility to all residents in vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.